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Giroud can now hit the ground running

Wednesday night was a historic day for Olivier Giroud. Missing a penalty won’t even matter to the Frenchman, after he finally broke his scoring duck as an Arsenal player.

On his fifth appearance for Arsenal since signing from Montpellier in the summer, the hitman coolly marked his first goal for the club with a skilful dink over the outstretched Coventry goalkeeper.

The relief on the striker’s face was plain for all to see, as he sighed a huge breath of relief after getting his scoring record at Arsenal off the mark.

Arsene Wenger’s faith in the striker paid dividends last night, and after fellow summer signings Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla have made little time in settling into their new team no-one will be happier that Giroud has scored than himself.

With just five games played for his new club, pressure was beginning to pile onto the Frenchmen, and he has finally answered his critics with a goal during Arsenal’s 6-1 demolition of Coventry City on Tuesday.

Fans of Giroud will know that the goal he scored was as typical a finish as he is used to, and with the first goal often being the hardest to score, it may not be long until Giroud starts scoring on a far more regular basis.

Whilst a Montpellier player, Giroud netted 39 goals in 86 games – almost one goal every two games, and provided 12 assists. In his first five for Arsenal, he’s scored one and made three assists already. Keep going the way he’s going, and whilst he won’t score as many goals, he would have made over 50 assists for his new club in that time.

Whilst this figure is purely hypothetical of course, Giroud has clearly shown himself as an important team player for Arsenal this season, and whilst there may be pressure on him to score he’s already shown himself as a useful tool in creating goals even if he hasn’t had quite as much luck in front of goal.

At 25, Giroud is in his prime and it surely won’t be long until he will settle into North London life. Now his first goal has been scored, Giroud will be looking to add to this tally as soon as possible. Arsenal’s next rivals could prove stubborn though, as the Gunners welcome table-toppers Chelsea to the Emirates later Saturday.

Scoring his first goal against Coventry and his second against Chelsea however would be quite the way to silence any further scepticism of his talent, though.

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